Forum home Problem solving

Water Butt Issues

My water butt is about 3 years old and has worked  well. Suddenly recently it has started to overflow. Any ideas why and how to correct it?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,974

    What usually happens to  excess water when the butt is full? If there's an overflow pipe it must be blockedimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,737

    I take it that it's filled from a down pipe via a diverter kit?  Has the height of the butt been changed or has it been moved, even slightly?

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    I'd empty it out and clear the overflow and tap connections. Rubbish gets into the butts and they need a clear out every so often.

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    You might need the water that's in there in the next few weeks - you never know, we might have a heat wave.  Rather than empty the whole lot out now, I'd clear out the overflow pipe and if that doesn't solve it, rig up a temporary system (old groundsheet?) to divert the overflow into the drain.  Then, come the autumn, when you won't need it any more, empty, clean and overhaul it.

    Is there a leaf guard on the gutter?

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Add another butt to the overflow pipe once you have cleared it.  Probably dead leaves or other debris blocked it.  We run 2 together and it works well.

  • Dells1Dells1 Posts: 19

    I agree with Dove it sounds as if the height/level of the butt has changed and the overflow is not going back to the down pipe.

  • Thanks everyone. Very helpful.

Sign In or Register to comment.